DISCLAIMER: If you don’t want to be spoiled for Killing Eve Season 2, then don’t read on. If you do, then please – read on.
Rejoice, Killing Eve lovers! Tonight is the night! Season 3 is nigh upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a good refresher. So, let’s forge ahead and delve right in to what transpired, who did what, and where we left off with our favorite conflicted duo. Praise the Powers That Be for gifting us with a quarantine present with the early premiere of Season 3!
Now, Season 2 started with Eve (Sandra Oh) on the hunt for a wounded Villanelle (Jodie Comer). If you’ll recall, Eve stabbed her in the Season 1 finale. Eve is under the impression she killed Villanelle. Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) attempts to reach Eve, but the latter initially ignores her calls. We see Villanelle is loose in the streets of Paris, and finally seeks treatment at a hospital. Eve heads back to London. Upon her return, Carolyn informs Eve of a new MI6 case: a prominent dead man named Alister Peel. A note was left for Eve in regards to the deceased, which leaves our heroine to believe that Villanelle killed Peel.
Next, Villanelle escapes the hospital and makes a break for London. She sequesters herself away in the trunk of an unsuspecting family’s car bound for the UK. Our favorite cat-and-mouse pair shall be reunited at last! And it may or may not feel good.
Then, we see Villanelle arrive in Bristol. She decides to lay low while she heals, and is taken in by a Good Samaritan named Julian (Julian Barratt). Carolyn introduces Eve to her new team, and she urges the group to pursue the Alister Peel case. We see Carolyn’s son Kenny (Sean Delaney) is present, along with newcomer Hugo (Edward Bluemel) and Jess (Nina Sosanya). However, Eve’s thoughts continue to wander toward Villanelle. She searches for information regarding Villanelle’s mortal status on the internet, but her research time is cut short by husband Niko (Owen McDonnell).
Now, Eve does stumble upon a report from a Parisian hospital regarding a murdered 12 year-old boy, and that a young woman with stab wounds is a prime suspect. Gotcha! Villanelle’s new caretaker Julian proves to be a crazed madman so, in true Villanelle fashion, she brutally kills him. A man named Raymond (Adrian Scarborough) ushers her toward his vehicle, and claims he’s her new handler. They drive off as Eve and her team are called to Julian’s house to inspect the aforementioned murder. Our nemeses briefly cross paths…again. So close, and yet so far!
Next, Eve encounters Konstantin (Kim Bodnia), who is in cahoots with Carolyn. Apparently, Carolyn vowed MI6 would protect Konstantin’s family. They don’t know he’s alive. Meanwhile, Villanelle is living it up in a dismal hotel room in Paddington. Raymond orders her to stay inside. He also informs Villanelle that there’s a “new girl in town,” and she’s picking up the latter’s slack. Once Raymond leaves, Villanelle decides to defy orders and sneaks out to St. Theobald’s school, where Niko teaches. At the school premises, she notices a female teacher is inappropriately affectionate with Eve’s husband.
Later, Eve attends a function at Niko’s school. Villanelle disguises herself as a teacher and pinpoints Gemma (Emma Pierson). The forlorn teacher is loitering in the stairwell, so Villanelle convinces her to pursue her desires for Niko.
Then, Konstantin finds Villanelle in her hotel room. The pair escape and decide to head to Amsterdam for Villanelle’s latest target. Of course, we know Konstantin is a double agent. He also urged Eve to steer clear of her. Eve and Jess pop by the Pharaday Company to visit Alister Peel’s son Aaron (Henry Lloyd-Hughes). MI6 is suspicious of Aaron, believing he is linked to his father’s murder. Aaron Peel comes off as curt, cold, and quite brazen. He also acts as if Pharaday Company is above the law.
Meanwhile, Villanelle carries out her next hit in the Red Light District. In typical Villanelle fashion, it’s the opposite of nice and neat. Certainly not discreet. She’s a performer – a showman exuding style and verve. Villanelle sticks around Amsterdam and even hits up the party scene. MI6 travels to Amsterdam to delve deeper into Villanelle’s latest kill. Hugo and Eve have a night out, and the latter comes very close to falling into an extramarital entanglement. A bodyguard is hired to protect the Polastri household.
Later, Villanelle makes contact with Niko and overtly threatens him while the latter is on a school field trip. The elusive Ghost (Jun Sung de Hollander), the Twelve’s latest new girl and Raymond’s star killer, is captured by MI6. Villanelle returns to London, has a grand reunion with Eve, and partners with MI6 to break the Ghost’s spirit. Villanelle ventures out to where the Ghost is being held under lock and key. She viciously interrogates the “nice and neat” hit-woman. Villanelle reports to Eve that the Ghost is working for Aaron Peel. He carried out the hit on his own father, so can we say patricide, y’all?
Now, Villanelle infiltrates Eve’s flat and immerses herself in all things Eve – toothbrushes, hairbrushes, CDs, you name it. Stalker 101. Eve and Niko’s marriage is on the rocks. He discovers from Villanelle that Eve stabbed her…which he didn’t know about. Niko decides to shack up with Gemma, which stokes the fires of Eve’s suspicions regarding those two.
Then, Villanelle dons yet another disguise – this time, her name is Billie, and she’s a young addict in Aaron’s sister Amber’s (Shannon Tarbet) support group. She bonds with Amber, and later joins the brother-sister duo for dinner. Initially, Aaron is reticent to accept her as an equal. He condescends her at every turn. Villanelle discreetly sneaks off to rummage through Aaron’s belongings for something substantial to indict him, but he catches her. However, he changes his tune when she reveals how much she adores money. Aaron isn’t interested in sex – he’s also all about the Benjamins.
Meanwhile, Eve visits Niko at Gemma’s flat. Niko insists that Gemma is merely a friend, and he’s just crashing on her sofa. But, Eve isn’t convinced. During a lunch date with Aaron, Villanelle’s compliance scores her a front-row seat to an exclusive Rome conference wherein Pharaday Company will be present. Now, Eve and Hugo will accompany Villanelle to Rome. Carolyn urges Eve to keep Villanelle on a leash, and to whom Aaron Peel is selling black market paraphernalia. Kenny urges Eve to abstain from her Rome trip, but Carolyn intercepts the call before he can explain why. He’s growing increasingly suspicious of his own mother’s motives.
Then, Villanelle tortures Niko and Gemma in a storage room, as one last going away present for Eve’s estranged husband.
Later, Villanelle arrives at Aaron’s opulent mansion and finds a closet rife with expensive clothing. She even has a maid answering her beck and call. She attends a dinner with Aaron’s buyers, despite the latter claiming said dinner will be “boring” for her. Even the potential buyers don’t know what they’re purchasing. Aaron is merely weaponizing data as a form of power – harnessing personal knowledge of high-class folks to lord over their heads. In addition, he reveals he’s thoroughly transfixed by Villanelle’s lack of “data footprint.” He knows nothing about her, which makes her all the more interesting.
Next, Eve has a tryst with Hugo, all while listening to Villanelle through her earpiece. Meanwhile, Niko wakes up in his storage room to find Gemma has suffocated to death by Villanelle’s hand.
Then, Eve learns of what happened to Aaron’s previous mistresses – he kills them. Frightened for Villanelle’s life, she infiltrates Aaron’s mansion as a maid. Aaron threatens to slaughter Eve, but Villanelle murders him before he gets the chance. Plot twist! Eve and Villanelle flee the scene.
Now, Eve returns to the hotel to find Hugo was shot. Eve also has an encounter with Carolyn, who she suspects is hiding quite a bit of key information. Carolyn decides to leave Eve’s future in the latter’s hands and departs. Next, Eve has a run-in with Raymond and the two duke it out. Thankfully, Villanelle shows up to the rescue. However, Eve effectively slaughters Raymond all on her own with an ax. Aw, baby’s first kill! Villanelle is brimming with pride.
Later, Villanelle leads an unusually quiet and shell-shocked Eve down some Roman catacombs. They arrive amid eerily beautiful ancient ruins. Villanelle is blathering on about their new life together – they’ll hide away in a cottage in America. Villanelle will provide for them. She’s so happy! My little psychopath is over the moon. It appears Eve is acquiescing. That is, until she procures a gun and brandishes it at Villanelle.
Now, Villanelle also pulls out her weapon. What once was a seemingly happy scene turns fatal in the blink of an eye. Shots are fired. We see, in the aftermath, that Villanelle shot Eve. Eve is on the ground, lifeless, as a pool of blood surrounds her. Well. That escalated quickly!
So, that was gloriously twisted. No doubt Season 3 will ramp up the macabre debauchery tenfold. Be sure to watch this space for our Season 3 recaps!
Killing Eve airs Sundays at 9pm on your BBC America affiliate.
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